Coffee Rose Undereye Serum (Botanical Skin Care Recipe)

amber glass dropper filled with coffee rose under-eye serum

Moisturizing, astringent, and stimulating to circulation, this all-natural undereye serum can be helpful for dark circles and puffy skin.

The recipe was discovered within the pages of the Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book.

Created as a companion to the Herbal Academy’s lovely Botanical Skin Care Course, the recipe book is also sold separately on their site. It’s beautifully illustrated and filled to the brim with 194 (!!) tried and tested herbal recipes.

I love that the recipes are very user friendly for beginners, but at the same time, inspiring for more experienced home herbalists as well!

illustrated book of botanical recipes surrounded by fresh herbs

The folks over at the Herbal Academy were super nice when I asked, and let me share a recipe from their book with you today. It was hard to choose just one, but I finally settled on this sweet little eye serum.

Coffee Rose Undereye Serum

  • 2 tbsp coffee (Coffea spp.) bean, coarsely ground
  • 1 tbsp dried rose (Rosa spp.) petals
  • 4 tbsp (2 fl oz) sweet almond or jojoba oil (I used organic apricot kernel oil)
  • 2 tbsp (1 fl oz) rosehip seed oil

Directions to Make

  1. Place the coffee grounds and dried rose petals in an 8-ounce heatproof glass canning/jelly jar. (Like THESE.)
  2. Pour the sweet almond (or jojoba or apricot kernel) oil into the jar and stir well.
  3. Place the jar into a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water, forming a makeshift double boiler.
  4. Heat the pan over a low burner for one to two hours. The oil will look very sludgy at first.
  5. I strained the richly scented oil through a fine mesh strainer to remove most of the coffee grounds and the spent rose petals.
  6. Even then, my oil still had some scratchy coffee bits in it, so I let the oil settle for several hours, before pouring through cheesecloth into a fresh jar, leaving the layer of sediment behind in the original jar.
  7. Once the coffee oil is room temperature, stir in the rosehip seed oil and mix well.
  8. Transfer to a dropper bottle or roller ball applicator.
  9. Label and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
  10. To use, gently dab a few drops of serum under eye areas each morning and night before bed.

Isn’t that a lovely recipe! I’ve been using it all this week and really like it so far.

If you love collecting beautiful and useful books for your home library, you’ll love the Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book!

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    1. Hi Lauretta! It definitely helps with fine lines around the eyes. I don’t have strong dark circles under my eyes, so don’t have feedback on that potential benefit, but plan to give some to a few relatives who struggle with that & I’ll see what they think! :)


  2. Hi Jan,
    As always, thank you for the lovely recipe. When infusing coffee in oils, I always place my coffee in a paper filter and tie it with a rubber band or string. Once the infusing is complete, I simply squeeze out the bundle and discard it. No messy grounds left behind.

  3. Hi Jan,
    Thank you for sharing this recipe <3.
    I have rose infused sunflower oil. Do you think I can replace S.A. Oil or Jojoba Oil with it? I wonder if it will affect the end result.


    1. Hi Anji! Sunflower oil is so lovely, especially for dry skin! It is a bit “heavy” though and won’t sink into your skin as quickly as sweet almond or jojoba oil, so it will affect the end result. If you don’t have sweet almond or jojoba or apricot kernel, you could try something else light and quick-absorbing (grapeseed, argan, safflower…). :)

  4. Hi Jan
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made it 2 days ago using jojoba oil and I love it.

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